Towers, Joseph, Lld
Towers, Joseph, LL.D.
a Dissenting minister, was born in Southwalk, London, in 1737, and was apprenticed to Mr. Goadby, printer, at Sherborne, Dorsetshire, in 1754. He returned to London in 1764, where he worked at his trade, and afterwards became a book-seller. He was ordained a preacher in 1774, and was 'chosen pastor of a congregation at Highgate. In 1778 he became forenoon preacher at a chapel in Newington Green. He died in 1799. 'Mr. Towers was an Arian, though closely connected with the Unitarians. He wrote, Review of the Genuine Doctrines of Christianity (Lond. 1763, 8vo): Observations on Hume's History of England (ibid. 1778, 8vo): — British Biography (1766-72, 7 vols. 8vo; 1773-80, 10 vols. 8vo [vols. 1-7 by Towers; 8-10 by n clergyman]): — Vindication of the Political Opinions
of Locke, (1782, 8vo): — Memoirs of Frederick the Great (1788, 2 vols. 8vo; 1795,'2 vols. 8vo: — Tracts on Political and other Subjects (1796,3 vols. 8vo): — besides Sermons; and articles to the Biographia Britannica. See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Darling, Cyclop. Bibliog. 9s.v.